Screenwriter and director Mario Bolduc has been working in cinema and television for nearly two decades. The Kashmir Trap, his first novel featuring Max Oâ€™Brien, was published in French in 2005. Mario lives in Montreal, Quebec.
The Roma Plot
Max Oâ€™Brien is in a race against time â€¦ and someone elseâ€™s past is catching up with him.
Max may be a professional con man, but that doesnâ€™t mean you canâ€™t count on him in a bind. So when he hears that his old friend Kevin Dandurand is a wanted man over a seemingly racially motivated killing spree, he heads to Bucharest to try to make sense of what looks like an impossible situation.
The buried truths he uncovers reach back to WWII, the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, and an entanglement between a Roma man and a German woman whose echoes pursue Oâ€™Brien and Dandurand into the present day. But if they canâ€™t escape the long shadows of the past, the two will find their present cut all too short.
In the vein of Frederick Forsyth, Martin Cruz Smith, and Harlan Coben, this is a tight-wound thriller where thereâ€™s no time to lose.
Born in Montreal, Jacob has translated or collaborated in the translation of a number of works, including Hysteric, The Last GenĂŞt, and The Weariness of the Self. In 2012, he won the JI Segal Translation Prize for his translation of A Pinch of Time. He splits his time between Montreal and Asia.